Blacksmithing Classes at the Village!
The Village offers classes in traditional blacksmithing in our Wagon Shop. Working under the guidance of Resident Metalsmith Rose Weiss, students practice 19th-century forging techniques to create unique works of art. Space is extremely limited; advance registration required: 248-524-3570.
For Class times and dates, click on our Events tab. Events
Step alongside the Village forge and discover what it’s like to ‘make the anvil ring!’ Learn four basic hand forging techniques while making your own square nail just the way it was made centuries ago. Ages 10 to adult. THS Members: $45/student; Non-members: $55/student. Price includes two hours of instruction and materials. No prerequisite.
Basic Blacksmithing Level 1
Experience the art of blacksmithing as it was practiced in the late 1850s with this six-week introductory course. Build a coal fire, work at an anvil and operate a forge. Discover how malleable iron can be as you make your own hand trowel while learning nine basic hand-forging techniques. Ages 12 to adult.
Price: THS Members: $270/student; Non-members: $320/student. Includes all materials and 15 hours of instruction. No prerequisite.
Basic Blacksmithing Level 2
Build upon the skills you learned in Basic Blacksmithing Level 1 with this six-week course. Forge a pair of tongs as you learn the technique of shouldering and take on the challenge of creating mechanical movement with mating parts. Ages 12 to adult.
Price: THS Members: $270/student; Non-members: $320/student. Includes materials and 12 hours of instruction. Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing Level 1.
Together, the two of you will learn how to “split a fork”. Learn four basic hand forging techniques as you create your own serving utensil, just in time for the holiday season. Ages 8 to adult.
Price: THS Members: $200/one adult and one child; Non-members: $240/one adult and one child. Includes all materials and 6 hours of instruction. No prerequisite.
Anvil Time Blacksmithing
Please contact the Village for the current schedule.
Hone the skills you acquired in Basic Blacksmithing Level 1 while working on a project of your choice. Students are encouraged to make something that is meaningful to them. You may choose from a variety of projects or create your own. Come to class prepared to discuss your ideas for this 4-week course. Ages 12 to adult. Weekend and weekday, morning, afternoon and some evening hours available throughout the fall.
Price: THS Members: $150/student; Non-members: $190/student. Includes 8 hours of supervised shop time, some materials may be extra. Prerequisite: Basic Blacksmithing Level 1.
What are chasing, repoussage, cold forging, sinking and bouging? How many ways can you stretch copper? What is the process of annealing and why is it so important? You will learn these traditional coppersmithing techniques and more as you experience the fun of transforming copper sheet into a beautiful and useful object of your choice. THS Members: $150/student; Non-members: $200/student. Price includes materials and 12.5 hours of instruction. No prerequisite.
Cu + Fe: Forge a Ladle
What are the similarities and differences between Coppersmithing and Blacksmithing? Learn the universal truths of forging, annealing and hardening as you create a ladle from copper sheet and steel rod. With hammer in hand, reshape, embellish and unite these two metals into a useful object while learning their strengths. Ages 10 to adult. Limited to 6 students, advance registration required.
Price: THS Members: $160/student; Non-members: $210/student